Thursday, November 19, 2009
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad-her chance to escape everyone and their pitystares-has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb's free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.
Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It's a bleak and torjourney for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.
Leaving Paradise was a beautifully written and breathtaking story about finding hope and love when you think you have lost everything.
Caleb and Maggie were crafted in a way that made them truly jump of the page and come to life, allowing you to become intertwined in the story from the first page. I enjoyed reading about both equally. Since while both had major flaws at times, it was hard to not have the urge to root for them to overcome what people thought of them because of the accident.
Further more, I adored the plot which was filled with constant twists and turns that made you stop every once in a while and go "Wow! I can't believe this is happening." Also, it was interesting to see how a lot of Leaving Paradise was based on coincidences like how Caleb and Maggie ended up working for the same lady. My only complaint would have to be the ending, which I found to be a bit too abrupt for my liking. Lucky for me and all the other readers out there who loved Leaving Paradise there's a sequel coming out next year! :)
Overall, all I can say is that you have to read this, because it's just that great! Oh, and fantastic job yet again Simone Elkeles!
Leaving Paradise is out every where and even has a snazy new cover that is featured above.
Source: Bought from a book store that goes by the name Barnes and Noble.